Towards a happier classroom

Student and teacher interacting in a classroom
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One of the many things that we have learned about during the pandemic times is the virtual or online classroom. We know that classrooms are essentially made up of students and teachers and not of benches, desks and blackboards. We also know that classrooms are created out of the bonding between students and teachers even when they are not in physical contact.

Here are a few tips that can make our classroom experience as learners, teachers and future teachers happier and more satisfying.

Despite all the information that the world of internet and technology can give us, there are certain things that can be understood and experienced only in a classroom, in the company of fellow learners and experienced teachers. Learning takes place best when you are in a relaxed frame of mind. So, all negative emotions need to be kept outside the classroom

Joy: A happy mindset is essential for effective learning. An unwilling or scared student/teacher will definitely have an adverse impact on the entire class. Despite all the information that the world of internet and technology can give us, there are certain things that can be understood and experienced only in a classroom, in the company of fellow learners and experienced teachers. Learning takes place best when you are in a relaxed frame of mind. So, all negative emotions need to be kept outside the classroom.

Desire: A thirst for knowledge and wisdom is essential to being an effective learner/teacher. This desire to learn and understand more will enable us to pay attention and to observe. Both teachers and learners need to keep in mind that every individual/experience in the world teaches us something.

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Dr Rositta Joseph
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Dr Rositta Joseph is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), Former Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh (UK), Assistant Professor of English, GITAM Deemed University, Vizag.